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Thematic index: Living world

acaro-

A mite or tick.

angio-

Blood or seed vessels.

-angium

A container.

antho-

A flower or flowers.

anthropo-

Human, or of a human being.

-anthropy

Human, or humankind.

arachno-

A spider or spiders.

arbori-

A tree or trees.

auxo-

Growth or increase.

avi-

A bird or birds; flight.

bacill-

A bacillus.

bacterio-

Bacteria.

basidio-

A basidium.

bio-

Life; living things.

-biosis

A mode of life.

blasto-

Germination.

botryo-

A bunch of grapes.

branchio-

Gills.

bryo-

Moss.

-carp

A fruit or fruiting body.

-chaete

A bristle or seta.

cheli-

A claw.

cirro-

A tuft, curl, or tendril.

cocci-

A small spherical body.

-colous

Living in or preferring a given environment.

copro-

Dung or faeces.

cyno-

A dog.

-cyte

A cell.

cyto-

A cell.

dendro-

A tree or trees.

-dendron

A shrub or tree.

eco-

Ecology; the natural environment.

entomo-

An insect or insects.

flori-

A flower or flowers.

franken-

Genetically modified.

fructi-

Fruit; fructose.

fungi-

Fungus.

gamo-

Marriage or union, fertilization or reproduction.

-gamy

Marriage, fertilization or reproduction.

hippo-

Horse.

hylo-

Woodlands or wood; matter.

ichthyo-

Fish; fishlike.

-idium

A structure in a plant or animal.

ligno-

Wood.

limno-

Fresh water.

myco-

Fungi or fungal.

myrmeco-

An ant or ants.

myxo-

Mucus.

-nasty

Nastic movement.

nuci-

A nut.

oo-

An egg or ovum.

ophio-

A snake.

ornitho-

A bird or birds.

ovi-

Eggs, ova.

-parous

Bearing; producing.

partheno-

Without fertilization.

-ped

Having feet of a given type or number.

pedi-

Foot.

-petal

Seeking; moving towards.

phago-

Feeding, eating.

-phagy

Feeding or subsisting on a specified food.

phyco-

Seaweeds and algae.

-phyll

Leaf.

phyllo-

Leaf.

-phyte

A plant or plant-like organism.

phyto-

A plant.

pinni-

Wings, fins, or feathers.

pisci-

Fish.

-plasm

Growth or development; living substance; tissue.

-pod

Foot or feet.

pterido-

A fern.

ptero-

A wing.

pterygo-

Wing-like.

rhizo-

A root or roots.

rhyncho-

Snout or beak.

sapro-

Putrefaction or decay.

-saur

Reptiles, especially extinct ones.

sauro-

Lizard.

scato-

Dung or excrement.

-sepalous

Having sepals of a given type.

seti-

A bristle.

siphono-

Siphon.

-sperm

Seed.

spongio-

A sponge; sponge-like.

-spore

A spore.

sporo-

A spore.

squamo-

A scale.

stomato-

The mouth; a opening.

-stome

A mouth.

taeni-

Ribbon; tapeworm.

tauro-

Ox or bull.

-taxis

Arrangement or order; movement in response to an external stimulus.

-tene

Stages in cell division.

therio-

An animal.

-trichous

Hairy; having hair.

-trophic

Nutrition; feeding.

tropho-

Nourishment.

-tropism

Preferential growth or movement of an organism.

uro-1

The tail or the tail part of the body.

vermi-

A worm.

vivi-

Alive; living.

-vore

An organism living on a given type of food.

zoo-

Animal; animal life.

zygo-

Joining or pairing.

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